Trichuriasis is an infection by a whipworm or Trichuris trichiura. The parasite gets its common name from its whip-like shape. Whipworm infections occur in the large intestines of humans and can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. You can get a whipworm infection after ingesting soil or water contaminated with feces that is carrying the parasite. Though anyone can develop the infection, children are more likely to contract it, as are people living in the warm and humid climates where the parasite predominantly resides.
Trichuris trichiura is the parasite responsible for causing the whipworm infection. The parasite is thick on one end, resembling the handle of whip, with a more slender attachment.
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